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"A Nap," Carlson hurt in Tuesday Pocono accident

June 01, 2016
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UPDATE TO STORY: Jennifer Starr, the racing marketing manager at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, told harnessracing.com Wednesday afternoon that in the aftermath of Tuesday's race accident, driver Anthony Napolitano sustained broken ribs and is still undergoing tests for back pain, and driver Eric Carlson is being treated for a fractured ankle. Starr said Andrew McCarthy, who reportedly wanted to continue to drive after the Race 5 spill but was instead sent home, is still resting at home and is sore. Starr also reported that all the horses are OK, with Queen Of Denial suffering "lots of abrasions but her X-rays were clear."
 
Tuesday night's card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono was marred by an accident in the fifth race. Queen Of Denial, driven by Andrew McCarthy, was coming first-over near the three-quarters when she suddenly tripped and fell. The resulting chain reaction, in this order, saw Girllookatthatbody (Eric Carlson) hook a wheel trying to duck outside around the trouble, Life Is A Beach (Anthony Napolitano) going into the pileup, and She's Heavenly (Pat Lachance) avoiding the brunt of mishap trying to avert wide, but like the other three she was a DNF.

Anthony Napolitano, who had had two winners in the first four races, and Carlson were taken to local hospitals. McCarthy, with a stiffening back, took himself off his drives for the rest of the evening; Lachance drove later in the card.

The $15,500 feature for fillies and mares went to Jonsie Jones, who continued holding the hot hand, as the flashy gray mare came north on the Pennsylvania Turnpike from Harrah's Philadelphia and made her local return a winning one. Driven by George Napolitano Jr., Jonsie Jones scored in 1:50.2 for a new lifetime mark at age nine.

Jonsie Jones had risen from the bottom condition at Philly with three wins and three more board finishes until in her last start drawing post eight in a field that included Venus Delight, last year's national older mare champion. But she quickly returned to her solid ways in this gathering, going wire to wire from post four with fractions of :26.3, :55.1 and 1:22.3 in defeating second choice Aniston Seelster (8-5 to the winner's 9-10) by 1 1/4 lengths.

The daughter of Tulane is trained by Amber Buter, her second win of the night, for owners LRL Racing LLC. (with files from Pocono/PHHA)

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